16. July 2000, Terrassa to Clermont Ferrand
Back in France after 75 days! After a short drive along the French Mediterranean we soon go into mountains again, the Massif Central. But it is not some narrow curvy mountain road we are taking this time but mostly a well-built motorway, some of the way even dual carriageway. The French countryside, although beautiful always seems to come up with very similar landscapes and similar villages, so we are not surprised anymore that France turns out to be such a nice nation state (with exceptions to that rule, of course). Arriving in Clermont-Ferrand thirsty, I find myself hesitating about the idea of drinking tap water - all this bad influence from all these low-infrastructure countries - but I drink it and find it to be delicious.
Overall 2 hour 03 minutes penalty